The comedy continues : another PAD’s leaders arrested… 7 to go

Look Chamlong ! Does he look like someone who has on his back an arrest warrant for treason ? Does he look like a rebel ? A fugitive, exhausted by months of fight against the gvt and one month of occupation of the gvt’s House ? Does he look scared of being arrested ? Afraid ?

Talk about luck ! Talk about good planetary positions (Jupiter is seriously teasing Pluto right now)… The Royal Thai Police have arrested a second PAD’s leaders… 😉 One month after arrest warrants were issued.

After Chaiwat friday at… at toll gate… they’ve nailed Chamlong sunday… at at polling station (elections of Bangkok’s governor) !

2 down, 7 to go.

Let’s study here a few hypothesis :

1-A dedicated and courageous officer has spotted Chamlong and decided to arrest him (he needed badly the promotion and an increase of salary).

2-Chamlong is stupid : he forgot that an arrest warrant was issued against him and that his friend was arrested 2 days ago.

3-Chamlong is overconfident : of course nobody believe that PAD’s leaders stayed non stop in the Government’s House. They were allowed to come and go, free. So Chamlong thought, why not going to vote today ?

4-Chamlong was framed. He asked an authorization to go to vote, “someone” gave it to him, and then he was nailed.

5-Chamlong is playing. He wanted to be arrested. Sondhi, other PAD’s leaders said : “Chamlong Srimuang sacrificed himself so that the people could win in their fight for political reform“. (Nation)

6-the hardliners at the gvt try to derail the negotiations between PAD and the government. It seems to be the opinion of Chavalit, the gvt’s negociator : “talks with the anti-government PAD may have been sabotaged by ill-intentioned persons who wish them to fail, an aide to Chavalit said yesterday”. (Nation)

7-the PAD itself made it up, because they are loosing steam… so they need “sacrifice” to continue the fight.

8-It’s a vast comedy. PAD and gvt have reached an agreement, but to save face, they’ve designed a plan to stop the protest and to arrest the PAD’s leaders… before to release them quietly.


I think number 5, 6  and 7 are more and more plausibe… 😉

“After his arrest he called us,” said Suriyasai Katasila, another PAD core member.
“He said there was no need to negotiate with the government now. He said the talks are no longer necessary and all protesters must remain within Government House.” (Nation)

4 Responses to “The comedy continues : another PAD’s leaders arrested… 7 to go”

  1. 1 fall 5 October 2008 at 11:41 am

    5 and 7 combine.

    Plus, a touch of perception PR. After Chaiwat was arrested, the PAD ring leader had to do something. They cannot just accept it and promote other. So in a sense, it’s a forced whistle-blow. May be Santi-Asoke could do a saffron revolution?

    Chamlong was the prime link to PAD contact with military. Now we have to see if Panlop going up stage, pull a Che, or sit with his thumb up his ass(my guess is PAD had lost it’s use after the military list and Panlop will do the last one).

    PS- I like that Koala clock…

  2. 2 MSB 6 October 2008 at 2:50 am

    Or that he wanted to get arrested as a way out of the PAD. He see’s that the PAD is in its end game now and got tired of sleeping on the floor of government house. Maybe he needed a shower….

  3. 3 chinesethai 7 October 2008 at 6:50 am


    You’re pretty slow to report on the clash in front of parliament building today. Awaiting your update. 🙂

  4. 4 BangkokDan 8 October 2008 at 6:18 am

    Haven’t seen a shot of him not smiling since his arrest.

    Seems to clearly enjoy it all.

    The power of ascetism and a frugal lifestyle. Anything can make you happy.

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